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BOSTON (AP) - Two more people charged in a sweeping college admissions scandal have agreed to plead guilty. Authorities say in court documents filed Tuesday that former University of Southern California women's soccer coach Laura Janke will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperate with prosecutors. Toby MacFarlane will also plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. MacFarlane is a former senior executive at a title insurance company.
BOSTON (AP) - A Los Angeles man charged with making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe will plead guilty. Robert Chain's lawyer said Monday that Chain plans to plead guilty to all counts against him and "take full responsibility for his actions." Attorney William Weinreb said in an email that Chain is "anxious to make a full, public apology, expressing his sincere remorse to those he affected." A plea hearing has been scheduled for May 15.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man charged with picking up a woman he had been arguing with and carrying her into the path of an approaching dump truck has been held without bail. Michael Baker was also ordered at his arraignment Monday to undergo a mental health evaluation. He pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police say the 40-year-old Baker grabbed the woman on Friday and carried her into a Gloucester street, where they were struck.
BOSTON (AP) - Merriam-Webster has added hundreds of new words to its dictionary, reflecting increased usage in popular culture. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based company on Monday added words like swole, bug-out bag and omnicide to the roughly half a million words already listed. The company's lexicographers scan online versions of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books and even movie and television scripts to come up with additions to the dictionary.
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